English

The more that you read, 

the more things you will know. 

The more that you learn, 

the more places you’ll go.” 

(Dr Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”)

Reading and writing are two of the most important skills that a child will develop. They are skills that allow a child to interact meaningfully with the surrounding world and communicate with others effectively.  They are also skills that a child requires in order to flourish in every area of the curriculum. 

Here at St Paul’s, we encourage every child to enjoy and appreciate a rich variety of literature and to write and converse with skill, knowledge and enthusiasm. 

“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” 

(Tony Robbins)

We inspire children to develop their speaking and listening skills by:

Encouraging all children to express their opinions, articulate feelings and respond appropriately to a range of situations;

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Enabling pupils to participate with different groups of children to present ideas with confidence, valuing the views of others.


We flood our classrooms and our vibrant libraries with fantastic books to encourage reading, which we support by:

Teaching phonics to appreciate the awareness of the links between sounds and letters;

Giving every child their own personal reading record and books to take home to read with parents and carers, which challenge and engage pupils to develop their own love of learning; 

And by providing a range of reading opportunities within lessons that help children to understand the choices of vocabulary and structures authors use.

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” 

John Keating

We create an enthusiasm for writing by:

Providing inspiring activities to motivate children so that they see themselves as ‘writers’;

Setting high expectations that all our children will take pride in their work, having a fluent handwriting style;

And focussing on the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling alongside developing the powers of imagination and inventiveness.